At Amesbury CE Primary School we recognise that every child is unique.
Within our rich and varied curriculum, every child is given opportunities to succeed, within a safe, caring and stimulating environment, which should facilitate each child’s chance to reach the highest possible standards. Every child has full access to the entire curriculum during their schooling that is specifically planned around our school’s ethos; Kindness, Dignity and Endurance.
All teachers strive to identify and address any barriers that are preventing children from making the progress they are capable of. All staff are committed to meeting the needs of all our children. As a school, we recognise the importance of not only supporting children’s academic progress but also developing their behavioural, emotional and social skills to enable them to become confident, independent learners and well equipped citizens for our society.
The SEND team provides our teaching staff with a complementary collection of skills and knowledge. We have two SENDco’s that manage and lead our inclusive provision.
Miss R Holden
Miss Holden incorporates her work and experience of mainstream policy and inclusive practice, Specific Learning Difficulties, Speech and Language/communication and Interaction and Nurture Provision along with a good teaching and learning background to lead the SEND Department.
Mr T Humphries
Mr Humphries has a strong understanding and experience of special educational needs, particularly the Autism Spectrum, and has worked within Special Educational Provision for a number of years.
Mrs T Kinge
Mrs Kinge and Mrs Mcllvar are our Nurture Provision Teachers and work full time in The Bridge. Both teachers have a specific set of skills that contribute to the effectiveness of our alternative provision. Mrs Kinge is a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and Mrs Mcllvar has a breadth of experience working with children with special needs in specialist settings
Mrs C McIlvar
Our Nurture Provision – The Bridge
For students with specific social and emotional needs, behaviour needs or for those who are experiencing a challenging time in their lives, our Nurture Provision is provided to address these needs that are acting as barriers to learning. The Bridge, our Nurture Room, is a place where students can communicate their needs with adults that they trust. By nurturing our students individual needs within a personal environment, The Bridge provides our pupils with the best possible chances of coping and succeeding within a mainstream classroom alongside their peers.
To find out more about our Nurture Provision, please see ‘The Bridge’ homepage.
We are excited to see our newly developed Forest School area starting to take shape. It has been developed over the past year to enable children regular opportunities to take part in learning and play in a woodland environment.
Through our Forest School sessions children are encouraged to develop a love and understanding of the natural environment, whilst developing the core purposes of the Forest School ethos which include development of self-esteem, confidence and social skills.
Forest School Philosophy:
“Forest School is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees”
(Forest Schools Association)
Our Parents and further support
The SEND department strives to maintain strong and productive links with parent/carers. We believe that good home school links and communication are essential to a child’s emotional well-being and progress. It is important for us to know if parents require support in their dealings with the school and with your child’s education.
The following documents will give you more information in relation to SEND and how school and home can support your child. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss SEND at our school, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Further information about our SEND provision can be found in our SEN policy and SEN Information Report which can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
SEND Information Report 2019-2020
SEND Policy 2018-19
Accessability Plan 2019-2020
Children’s and Families Act 2014 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/6/contents/enacted
• Wiltshire Autism Information Pack : https://wiltshirechildrensservices.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/WPC-Autism-Info-Pack.pdf
• The Dyspraxia Foundation: https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/
• National Autistic Society: https://www.autism.org.uk/
• Autism Independent UK: https://autismuk.com/
• Aspergers Support: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/asperger.aspx
• Tourette Syndrome (UK) Association: https://www.tourettes-action.org.uk/
• British Dyslexia Association: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
• The British Epilepsy Association: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/
• Royal Institute for the Blind: https://www.rnib.org.uk/
• OCD UK: https://www.ocduk.org/
• MindEd: https://www.minded.org.uk/
• Familylinks: https://www.familylinks.org.uk/
• Youngminds: https://youngminds.org.uk/
• I CAN: https://ican.org.uk/
• Communicationtrust: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/
The Local Offer
We are a fully inclusive school and work alongside the Local Authority, Health Professionals and community organisations to find the most appropriate and effective support for pupils within our care. As part of our SEND provision we signpost relevant and up to date support for our parents/careers through the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC). For more information about the Local Offer and the WPCC please click on the links below:
The Wiltshire Local Offer http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/local-offer